Campus Dining

Wilkes-Barre, PA
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1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is only one cafeteria that is free with the meal plan. They never have food prepared. And i mean NEVER. It's supposed to be a buffet style cafe, yet there is never any food out. I have to wait 10 minutes on average everytime for food to be prepared. I don't understand how you can never have food prepared in a college cafe. The food sucks too, by the way.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Rifkin and Gambinis are the best places to eat on campus. The sub is alright.

4 College Student

Campus Dining: You have a ton of options as to where to spend your money - Rifkin, Gambini's, or the cafe. The cafe also offers a plethora of options every day. Plus Rikin offers Late Night every Sunday through Thursday.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The places around campus are pretty good, you only have a couple options besides the cafeteria though which is sometimes annoying

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: decent food, gets boring sometimes. But they have a few solid dishes that are good every time

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 191st
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 264th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 494th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 670th
    Best Quality Food
  • 730th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nicole Frail
Wilkes-Barre, PA
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The dining hall features spacious seating with plenty of room to dine. The cafeteria is just that: cafeteria-style in all-you-can-eat format. The features are: a deli line with made-to-order sandwiches; the grill with different selections (like chicken and hamburgers) featured daily; a vegetarian bar; two hot meal lines, usually one standard fare and one ethnic dish (both are cooked in front of you); a pasta and pizza bar, with the pizzas made fresh in a brick-fired oven; a soup and salad bar; an ice cream station with hand-dipped and soft-serve, and a dessert bar with pies and cookies. That sure is a lot to choose from. Plus, there is also a section with pre-made paninis or wraps, sandwiches, and different types of deli salads. There is also late-night dining, which features a limited menu.

Rifkin Café is a cross between a Starbucks and Panera Bread. Many say the prices aren't college-student-friendly, but for those on the meal plan, it may not be as noticeable. There are plenty of grab-and-go options for those on the run, but most will opt to have their hot or cold sandwich made to order. There are daily specials as well. Aside from food, there is a wide selection of coffee flavors, smoothies, iced coffees, and pastries. The Deli Cart in Stark is a great place to grab something quick. There are Krispy Kreme donuts, the same pre-made deli sandwiches as Rifkin, salads, bagels, cookies, and candy. Wilkes also recently added an Einstein Bros. Bagels in the University Center on Main.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4806 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All residents are required to have a meal plan.
Student Favorites
Rifkin Café
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Barnes and Noble College Bookstore on Public Square

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Deli Cart
Location: Stark Learning Center, first floor lobby
Food: Soup, sandwiches, wraps and salads, chips, cookies, snacks, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: University Center on Main (UCoM)
Food: Bagels, salads, soups, coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Henry's Food Court
Location: Henry Student Center, third floor
Food: Hot entrees, soup and salad bar, ice cream, desserts, brick oven pizza, pasta bar, deli items, desserts
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Rifkin Café
Location: Henry Student Center, first floor
Food: Made-to-order sandwiches, doughnuts, salads, Starbucks coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-12 a.m.

Student Polls

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  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
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